Wreckage Removed, Aspen Airport to Reopen

Jan 6, 2014

Wreckage of the crash at the Aspen Airport - photo taken Sunday January 5th, 2014
Wreckage of the crash at the Aspen Airport - photo taken Sunday January 5th, 2014
Credit Roger Adams - Aspen Public Radio

As of 10:30pm this evening, Monday, the wreckage of a private jet that crashed at the Aspen Airport yesterday afternoon has been removed from the runway.

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo made the announcement via press release.

The crash of N115WF, a 1994 Canadair Challenger twin-engine business jet  flight from Mexico via Tucson, Arizona happened around 12:23pm Sunday afternoon. On board were three pilots. All three were injured, one fatally.  54-year old co-pilot Sergio Emilio Carranza Barbata was killed in the crash. Miguel Henriquez and Moises Carranza were injured and later transferred to St. Mary's in Grand Junction. The pair was listed in "critical condition", last night.

Along with the investigation of the plane by the NTSB "go team", airport staff was able to fix broken runway lighting and signage during the day.

The NTSB moved the wreckage of the plane to a location that will allow for additional investigation into the crash.

The NTSB's preliminary report is expected in about a week. A final report on the crash will be released in 12-18 months.

DiSalvo says the Aspen Airport should be able to reopen with regular flights scheduled at the discretion of the various carriers serving the facility.

The complete press release is below: